EL CENTRO, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Imperial County reserve sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for smuggling three Mexican nationals including a child into the United States in her trunk.
A U.S. attorney's statement says 23-year-old Elizabeth Hernandez received the sentence Friday under a plea deal, and also agreed to forfeit the money she was paid for the smuggling. She had been eligible for 10 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Hernandez was wearing her uniform and department-issued weapon when she drove through a checkpoint in April, and was later arrested after border agents grew suspicious.
Court records say Hernandez earned at least $90,000 from such smuggling between October and her April arrest.
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